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Anyone have IBS?

Mar 12, 2016 2:40 PM

I've had this since age 18 (for 40 yrs) and it's landed me in the hospital for tests many times. Always turns out to be IBS.
The pain from it keeps me in bed, with heating pad. Pain clinic + ppc meds as are Not effective. I have fibro and MS + + lots of other, but this is IBS, a separate vicious animal.
Anyone have suggestions of what has worked?

Mar 12, 2016 3:35 PM

I have ibs, but i try to controll it with diet. My son was 4 and needed allergy skin test done so i had my test at the same time. I knew i had seasonal allergy. But i found out that i was allergic to clams, milk and eggs. It is a mild allergy that does not cause hives or breathing problems. It does cause me to have ibs diahrrea symptoms. Now the pain meds cause constipation. So i eat fiberone bars and avoid onions fried foods and my allergy trigers. Some days i just suffer from the ibs.

Mar 12, 2016 3:49 PM

I do. I was diagnosed with it 8 years ago but suffered for 6 years before it was diagnosed. I know that hamburger, fried foods and milk are triggers. I discovered I have a lactose intolerance and lactaid pills help a lot. I use dulcolax for times that I have constipation. Sometimes even that doesn't help. As weird as it sounds everywhere I go I map out possible bathrooms. For road trips I typically eat very little before and during them.

Mar 12, 2016 3:50 PM

Oops didn't mean to post. Heat on my stomach or back helps a great deal. I also massage my tummy each morning as was shown to me by my pelvic floor physiotherapist.

Mar 12, 2016 5:34 PM

My IBS is affected by gluten and dairy, I know for sure. Other foods are probably culprits too. My best suggestion is having a food diary and try to make connections. Just remember that some foods take days to work through.
Good luck, all.

Mar 12, 2016 6:04 PM

Thanks you guys. Some of those are foods are ones I hadn't considered & I've never had food allergy testing. Good idea.

Mar 12, 2016 6:10 PM

Sugar can always be a culprit as well!

Mar 12, 2016 7:27 PM

I have had IBS-C since my teens, along with pelvic floor dysfunction since 2006. I've been on all kinds of rx meds to try and help the constipation & sluggish GI tract. Finally 2 months ago a GYN doc put me on 2 Senokot-S & 2 Magnesium tabs, twice daily. I'm actually functioning more normal without all the pain, bloat, has, & backup.

Mar 12, 2016 9:07 PM

Hmmm... I had diarrhea in the beginning then a seven year break then IBSc, now it alternates. I'm on mirtazapine and Miralax. It's not helping the pain that gets up to an 8-9 every day, exhausts me and keeps me in bed. My PCP is prescribing for this, so the pain clinic isn't... Aaaak.

Mar 12, 2016 9:09 PM

FlappysLady81, what do those meds do? I'm not familiar...

Mar 13, 2016 7:19 PM

Autoimmunes, the Senokot-S is a mild laxative with stool softener. Magnesium is a mineral, which is given for colonoscopies. My GI doc said he's very glad these are helping because it is much better than using Linzess or anything like it.

Mar 13, 2016 7:33 PM

Thanks. My doc gaveRx Linzess, it's was way too strong for me. How does magnesium help you? Is it because of a deficiency?

Mar 13, 2016 8:19 PM

I'm not real sure but both docs (GI & GYN) said it's more of a natural way to help my digestive tract. I had to come off Linzess because it was causing way too many accidents, especially having the pelvic floor dysfunction. Not fun!! I'll post some links I found by googling "magnesium and the GI tract."


Mar 13, 2016 9:07 PM

I'm reading. Wow. Thank you so much . . .. You are a great help. I had no idea, no one ever suggested this to me.

Mar 13, 2016 9:54 PM

I do feel I need to interject something very important. Please consult your primary care physician before taking any mineral or vitamin supplements. Magnesium is an important mineral for other organs...ie the Heart...too much of any mineral or vitamin supplement can be toxic or even deadly. I know everyone is trying to be helpful... But some advice misunderstood can be dangerous. I am not qualified to tell anyone they need Magnesium, or anything else. I had a very good friend take advice about a particular vitamin, and it almost killed her. Just a vitamin really right? She had toxic levels of Magnesium and the mineral Potassium. Please ask your doctors before taking anything that someone suggested. Love, Terri

Mar 14, 2016 1:38 PM

Absolutely! That's why I mentioned it to my GI doc, to make sure it's safe. And my PCP doc says labs are ok. Always check with internal med or PCP docs.

Mar 14, 2016 1:46 PM

Yes, l expect and hope all adults know and follow this.

Mar 14, 2016 11:04 PM

For sure, sorry I did not mean to sound rude about it. I really want everyone to be safe.love,Terri

Mar 15, 2016 11:29 AM

You weren't being rude, Terri, you were looking out for the community and their well being!! When we are experiencing intolerable pain sometimes one will take suggestions for natural herbs or vitamins and it doesn't work out well. Had nothing to do with being ADULT enough to know how to follow directions. I'm sorry, today I'M bitchy and feeding the bear! {{Hugs}}💕🙏🏻🌻

Mar 15, 2016 8:38 PM

Terri, you weren't rude. You just added the part my mind forgot due to the fog! Lol 😉

Mar 15, 2016 11:45 PM

I thank you for the reminder. Since Ive had an MS'd up memory, decision making challenges and Fibro fog, ego has had to go out. I invite all reminders, from the simplest "take your shot," to the details necessary in a letter.

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